the fire these times

40. We Exist: Queer Transnational Activism in the Middle East and Beyond


Trigger warning: suicide. We talked about Sarah Hegazi’s death.


This is a conversation with Alia and Nadia of “The Queer Arabs” podcast.

We spoke about what it’s like to host a podcast about LGBTQ Arabs, the guests they have on and how queer arab activism has changed in recent years and especially since the 2011 uprisings including with the recent crackdowns in, for example, Egypt.

We also spoke about why representation and visibility matter, the difficulties of tackling both homophobia in Arab spaces while also struggling against forms of homonationalism that use LGBTQ rights to push for anti-Arab/Muslim hatred.

Finally we also spoke about what’s next for The Queer Arabs and what’s next for them personally.

You can follow Alia and Nadia on Instagram @ alia_and_a_violin and @nadiainherownworld respectively.


You can follow the podcast on Twitter @FireTheseTimes.

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Music by Tarabeat. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash.

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